Sharon Wiener

Boundless

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In a genre that often has trouble defining itself, Canadian composer Sharon Wiener's sophomore effort Boundless walks the fine line between new age and ethereal pop. Wiener and her primary collaborator Hans Christian have created a harmonious collection that weaves together Middle Eastern/Western folk and classical motifs with rhythm and melody to create a collection that is soothing, spiritual, and downright catchy. Like Laura Nyro and Joni Mitchell Wiener's voice is a unique instrument which dominates each cut, especially when multi-tracked as in "Angel of Mercy" and "Not Me." Christian effectively couches Wiener's long-sustained phrasing with droning pedal tones and counter-melodies on a myriad of instruments. Though the song structures border on minimalism, it's the gradual embellishment of Wiener's highly imagistic tone poems that give this album its charm and ultimately sustains interest where many new age artists/albums tend to lapse into self-indulgence and boredom. Boundless will be a pleasure for new age purists and will also appeal to those who find most ambient music difficult to comprehend.

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